Old Map of County Cavan by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Belturbet, Cootehill, Bailieborough, Virginia, and more
Old Map of County Cavan by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Belturbet, Cootehill, Bailieborough, Virginia, and more
Old Map of County Cavan by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Belturbet, Cootehill, Bailieborough, Virginia, and more

Old Map of County Cavan by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Belturbet, Cootehill, Bailieborough, Virginia, and more

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This exquisite old map of County Cavan, Ireland, created by Samuel Lewis in 1844, offers a captivating glimpse into the historical landscape of this region. With its intricate details and elegant cartographic style, this map is a true collector's item for history enthusiasts and map aficionados alike.

Featuring the main towns, cities, and other interesting features of County Cavan during the mid-19th century, this map provides a unique perspective on the region's past. It is important to note that while some modern cities may not be present on this map, others may appear under earlier names, adding an exciting layer of historical discovery.

Notable features of this map include:

  • Belturbet: A picturesque town situated on the banks of the River Erne, known for its charming architecture and historical significance.
  • Cootehill: A thriving market town with a rich industrial heritage, renowned for its linen production during the 19th century.
  • Bailieborough: A vibrant town with a long history, boasting impressive Georgian architecture and a strong sense of community.
  • Virginia: A scenic town nestled on the shores of Lough Ramor, offering breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere.

Other interesting features on this map include rivers, lakes, and various settlements that showcase the historical landscape of County Cavan during the mid-19th century.

Here is a comprehensive list of 30 notable settlements within the historical boundaries of County Cavan, founded before 1840:

  • Cavan (1652): The county town of County Cavan, known for its rich history and architectural heritage.
  • Belturbet (1610): A town with a prominent role in the region's history, situated on the River Erne.
  • Cootehill (1725): A market town renowned for its linen industry during the 19th century.
  • Bailieborough (1613): A town with Georgian architecture and a strong sense of community.
  • Virginia (1612): A scenic town located on the shores of Lough Ramor, offering stunning views.
  • Kingscourt (1760): A town known for its historical connections to the mining industry.
  • Shercock (1730): A picturesque town surrounded by lakes and natural beauty.
  • Mullagh (1740): A charming village with a rich history and close-knit community.
  • Arva (1610): A town steeped in history, known for its traditional Irish music scene.
  • Killeshandra (1610): A town with a strong angling tradition, attracting fishing enthusiasts from near and far.
  • Ballyjamesduff (1610): A town with a vibrant cultural scene and a rich architectural heritage.
  • Kilnaleck (1609): A village known for its beautiful countryside and warm hospitality.
  • Mountnugent (1610): A village with a strong sense of community and a fascinating history.
  • Bawnboy (1610): A charming village surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque landscapes.
  • Swanlinbar (1610): A village nestled in the scenic Cavan Burren Park, offering stunning natural beauty.
  • Butlersbridge (1610): A village with a rich history and a picturesque setting along the Woodford River.
  • Redhills (1610): A village known for its strong community spirit and breathtaking countryside.
  • Stradone (1610): A village with a long history and a close-knit community.
  • Crossdoney (1610): A village with a peaceful atmosphere and a strong sense of heritage.
  • Drumalee (1610): A village surrounded by lush greenery and offering a tranquil retreat.
  • Lough Gowna (1610): A scenic lake renowned for its fishing opportunities and natural beauty.
  • Killashandra (1610): A village with a rich musical heritage and a welcoming community.
  • Dowra (1610): A village located near the source of the River Shannon, offering stunning landscapes.
  • Maudabawn (1610): A village known for its traditional Irish music and warm hospitality.
  • Ballyconnell (1610): A town with a fascinating history and a picturesque setting along the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
  • Drung (1610): A village with a strong sense of community and a rich agricultural heritage.
  • Bawnboy (1610): A village surrounded by scenic beauty and offering a peaceful retreat.
  • New Inn (1610): A village with a long history and a close-knit community.
  • Shercock (1610): A village known for its beautiful countryside and friendly atmosphere.
  • Crosskeys (1610): A village with a rich history and a warm community spirit.

County Cavan is also blessed with natural wonders and tourist attractions, including the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, and the stunning landscapes of Cavan Burren Park.

During the period between 1800 and 1850, County Cavan witnessed several significant historical events, including the Irish Rebellion of 1803 led by Robert Emmet and the Great Famine of the 1840s, which had a profound impact on the region's population and economy.

Owning this extraordinary old map of County Cavan by Samuel Lewis from 1844 allows you to delve into the past, explore the region's historical landscape, and appreciate the intricate details that make it a truly remarkable piece of cartographic art.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm) and 40x50in (102x127cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

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